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U.S. Coast Guard to suspend search for missing Toronto filmmaker

Search for missing filmmaker to be suspended

ISLAMORADA, Fla. — The U.S. Coast Guard says it will suspend its search at sunset today for a missing Canadian filmmaker who vanished off the coast of Florida earlier this week, but Rob Stewart's family says they'll continue to look for him.

The Coast Guard says it has been looking for the 37-year-old Stewart since he was reported missing just before 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

They say Stewart disappeared after surfacing with a diver near Alligator Reef in the area of the Florida Keys.

The call came from the crew of a boat Stewart had been on.

Stewart's family has helped co-ordinate an extensive search since he went missing.

Stewart's sister has said her brother's dive partner fell unconscious while getting onto a boat — an incident that caused a commotion during which Stewart disappeared.

His family is concerned he may have lost consciousness as well.

Stewart was in Florida filming a follow up movie to his 2006 documentary "Sharkwater," called "Sharkwater Extinction," his sister said.

Stewart, a Toronto native, is also known for his documentaries that include "Revolution" and his memoir "Save the Humans."


The Canadian Press